By Carol McCracken
Once again, A Company of Girls, (ACOG), has been displaced from its space. This time it was displaced from the former Adams School on the Hill. Moving is nothing new to this award winning non-profit. It has been looking for a permanent home for its program since 2006. According to Odelle Bowman, its director, ACOG moved from the former Adams School at the end of March this year.
This award winning non-profit has been looking for a permanent home for its at risk girls theater group since 2006. That’s when it was evicted from its 11 year home at 10 Mayo Street by Peoples’ Regional Opportunity Program. “PROP”, who owned the property, sold the historic former church to businesswomen Roxanne Quimby. That was when ACOG moved to the vacated Adams School. Last November, ACOG appeared close to a lease with a landlord in the Bayside area. However, for financial reasons, the deal fell through. Since then ACOG has rermained at the former Adams School – an arrangement that all parties knew was temporary.
Since leaving Adams School earlier this year, Back Cove Financial contributed office space on Ocean Avenue for the staff to use. The nearby Spurwink School donated the use of its basement for meetings. And, the Breakwater School offers the use of their space for performances by the theater group.
“We are still homeless,” said Bowman yesterday afternoon. She hopes to utilize some space in the future at East End Community School for the youngest girls in the program. She said that donations are up this year but foundation money for non-profits has dropped significantly.
“ACOG” has always understood that theirs was an emergency tenancy. I am pleased that they have found a new home.” said councilor Kevin J. Donoghue.